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Orko storm off Northamptonshire with a combination of rocky influences and with a few surprises packed into a small travel bag, ready to be deployed at random in order to remind us of their originality. ‘Delegation David’ heads towards screamo territory, but is stopped on the border due to possession of a melodic indie chorus. […]

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Three piece rockers, Secluded, are young enough (and lucky enough) to know who Fightstar are without having to know who Busted are. On this basis they enjoy bashing out big rock songs with moments of cacophonous noise and valleys of spacious gentility ( rather than jumping about energetically to a backing tape.) With a warm […]

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Soma High have impressed us every time they’ve sent in a record, so when this one reached the top of the in-tray a brief scuffle broke out. A couple of paper cuts and one stapled finger later, I rose victorious – CD in one hand and hole punch brandished defensively in the other. ‘Safe From […]

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  2. Live Reviews

Although I’ve had a few memorable nights out at 333, I’d never been to see a band in the venue’s basement. Unlike the airy ground floor level or stylish upstairs lounge bar, the lower level is comparatively unappealing – the bands are obliged to play, poorly lit and therefore barely visible, behind a rather comically […]

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Smith 6079 lay down a solid rhythm for their ethereal guitar sound and stomping vocal, which are the focal points of this solitary track. The verse conveys shudders of restrained angst that is full of anticipation of the chorus, which has the big hook at the tail end. Atmospheric stats concerning the adult industry fill […]

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  2. Album Reviews

Elliot Street is the new album from Boston country rocker and self professed ‘well travelled man’ Satch Kerans. Judging by this latest offering from the ex-Catalinas frontman it would appear that Mr Kerans likes to think of himself as quite the enigmatic, all American mom n apple pie-lovin’, small town song-writer. Being the man of […]

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Having heard of Substance for a few months now I was quite interested to finally hear what they actually sounded like. ‘FC Sporting’ airbursts into life with the atypical variance in vocals – one sounding like he’s been smoking Marlboro Red for 30 years and the other most definitely not! There are some nice little […]

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There’s young and there’s young, and Goodbooks resemble the fourth-form entrants in a Hogwarts Battle of the Bands. This may explain why Potter minor (for some reason calling himself ‘Max Cooke’) and his crew only yield up four songs – there must be loads of these kids backstage, waiting for their rockschool moment and personally […]

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  2. Single Reviews

Now its been a few years since I last saw Blue Peter but I’d happily put a fiver on there still being a ‘sticky back plastic’ segment whereby an assortment of household waste is glued together to form some innocent, yet slightly demented, nativity scene. The said sculpture usually gets wrapped up in even more […]

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With five EP’s under his belt as a member of The Authentics, Mike A has found the time to pop together a power-pop single in between touring with the band. ‘Posh and Becks’ is a shiny happy pop song with jangling guitars, tidy bass lines and a vocal that almost heads towards a Busted reference. […]

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  2. EP Reviews

Portsmouth soft electronic pop outfit, Autons, are a musical interpretation of a walk in a meadow. The Roots of Autons EP amalgamates a modest body of work that explores different styles from the sixties, seventies and eighties. Despite it’s title, ‘Underground’ is awash with evening sunshine. A Beatles style electric organ sound pipes out an […]